Yesterday, 16 March, one of my mates in school called me over to a sunny windowledge to see this:

16.3.11 Small Tortoiseshell

Yes!!!! A Small Tortoiseshell!

That’s a month earlier than my first Small Tort record last year!  I couldn’t definitively identify my first three sightings of 2010 but the first was actually in school, not far from yesterday’s sighting.

So this rather tired but beautiful insect kicks off the season. I’ll (hopefully) be keeping a tally of butterfly species this year, so that makes:


Happy is me!